How Much Does it Cost to Install a Fence?

Install a Fence Costs
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Average reported costs:
based on 3,839 cost profiles
Most homeowners
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$1,464 - $4,000
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On average, fence installation costs $2,550, with most homeowners spending between $1,464 and $4,000. This data is based on actual project costs as reported by HomeAdvisor members.

There are many different types of fences. However, the most common choices are chain link, wood and vinyl. Most people who install or build fences made of these materials are looking for some combination of privacy and security. The overall project price will depend on a few fundamental factors.

Size of your Property

Perhaps the biggest factor is the size of your property. The larger the property's perimeter, the more fencing you will need. When you get a cost estimate on fence installation be sure to tell the pro the size of your property's perimeter so that you can get an accurate bid. In fact, they may want to come out and measure it themselves before providing an estimate since there could be some unique landscape considerations.

Fencing Materials

Fencing materials will vary greatly in price, even within the same material category. For example, cedar, redwood, pine, and oak often differ greatly in price. The only commonality between all materials is that they're all priced by the linear foot, so you can get a good ballpark estimate of the cost for different fencing materials if you know the perimeter measurement of your property.

Fence Height

This is fairly straightforward...the taller the fence, the more materials it takes. In addition, taller fences need more reinforcement to be stable, which means the overall cost will be higher or lower depending on height.

Building and Installation

It's customary to purchase the materials and install or build at the same time. In other words, you usually hire a contractor to do every part of the job including providing the materials. A contractor will normally charge you per linear foot and not distinguish between materials and labor. Even though the fencing contractor is most likely taking some markup on the materials they buy on your behalf, it might be preferable. They will spend the time and energy delivering it to your home, will return anything that may not be right and will incur the risk of any damage in transit. If you decide to buy and pick up your own materials, just ask the contractor for a price for installation only.
Different fencing materials will have different installation costs. Chain-link fences have reasonably low installation costs. Wood fences vary depending on the type of wood being used, and vinyl fences installation costs the most of all three. If you are interested in specialty fencing such as wrought iron, you can expect to pay a higher price than vinyl.


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